Working Holiday Visa Changes 2024

From 1 January 2024 there have been some holiday visa exemptions, specifically for Hospitality and Tourism businesses anywhere in Australia. This is something the Coffee Commune has been advocating since this bad policy decision was made.

This is welcomed news for cafes and restaurants across Australia and relieves some of the pressure being experienced by cafes and restaurants resulting from government visa decisions regarding international holiday workers and students.

The Coffee Commune continues to advocate for changes to student visa working entitlements to again provide further relief for the industry.

The two visas’ individuals use to work and holiday in Australia are the subclass 417 and subclass 462 visas. These visas have a condition that limits work for any one employer for more than 6 months.

From 1 January, there are being exemptions introduced to condition 8547 that now allows you to employ overseas workers beyond 6 months.

The recent exemptions are a first step to help hospitality businesses in Australia.

Further changes are in the pipeline as part of the Government’s new Migration Strategy reforms that are currently being worked on. We expect a thorough revision of working holiday visas to be implemented at some point in the future, which will hopefully support cafes and restaurants throughout Australia.

We will continue advocating for our Industry and keep you updated on any further changes as they occur.




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